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How Do You Keep Yourself Accountable?

How Do You Keep Yourself Accountable?

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Learning, planning and deploying personal accountability

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Accountability is at the core of successful businesses and entrepreneurs. It gives you a sense of introspection and honest self-evaluation that you need to identify your mistakes and do better in the future. If you’re not accountable, you find yourself making excuses after excuses and running away from your responsibilities. That always gets in the way of your own personal growth and the progress of your business.

If you’re struggling to keep yourself honest and accountable, you are not alone. Distractions and procrastination have damaged the potential of success for years. That’s why you need a robust strategy – a multi-step process –you can follow to avoid getting trapped in the same pitfalls again and again. Here’s what you must do to stay on top:

Define Your Goals

Accountability stems from a dynamic strategy – a smart plan – which is the first step for getting something done.

The most important task that everyone must undertake when it comes to being an accountable professional is setting your goals. Decide what you want to accomplish and devise a plan to attain your desired results. Make sure you check these boxes to step up your game in becoming an accountable person:

  • Identify your goals and make sure you understand their importance
  • Specify a starting and finishing date
  • Split your milestones into smaller goals to make it a little more manageable
  • Strategise your work to always deliver on time

Coming up with a strategy to execute a certain task is also important when people are working as a team. It keeps everyone on the same page and working towards a shared goal.

Prioritise Your Objectives

When you are planning to accomplish a certain task, it is important that you understand that some tasks are more important and urgent than the others. When you are burdened under a mountain of work, every task feels important, and you end up doing the least significant things while ignoring the more important ones. That’s why today, I will share the best strategies that will help you in prioritising your tasks.

  • First of all, make a list of all the tasks that you need to do.
  • Prioritise your tasks on the basis of their importance and urgency.
  • Time consumed in doing something which is not of utmost priority is time wasted, so make sure to start a task that is most valuable for your goals at a certain time.
  • Keep the account of the estimated effort required to complete a task.
  • Be flexible and adaptable in learning new things and performing new tasks.
  • Know when to stop and get rid of a task or even a person.

Another perspective for setting priorities is through Darren’s 5 Ds.

Do – Put your maximum effort into getting things done.

Delay – Delay something you can’t do until you have free time to do it.

Delegate – Have someone else do something you can’t do in your stead.

Delete – Focus on another task or remove it from your priorities.

Call Darren – Ask for Darren’s help. I will help you with the entirety of my attention.

Find an Accountability Partner

A partnership has proven to be one of the best strategies when it comes to achieving your goals. You see, you are more likely to commit to a task when you are accountable to someone for it. A partner will keep you in check and away from all the distractions that are in the way of achieving your goals.

With an accountability partner, you can always ask for advice whenever you need it. Make sure that you choose your partner wisely. Choose someone you trust, someone you respect who can call you out when you are giving in to distractions and temptations.

Or you can always call ‘The Accountability Guy’, Darren Finkelstein, when the times are tough. Do you know about your probability of meeting the obligations, promises, goals and, commitments made to yourself and others? Research suggests, the rates of success are as follows:

Conclusion

Accountability has many levels. First of all, it starts with yourself. Make sure that you put your time and effort in setting up goals and giving your best to achieve them. Also, ensure that you are prioritising your work according to its significance and urgency. And for continued growth, choose a good partner/mentor who can guide you and keep you away from distractions.

Darren Finkelstein

Author – Who is this bloke?


Darren Finkelstein – The Accountability Guy® is an Accountability Coach, Business Advisor, Mentor & Author/Speaker.

Darren works with high-performing individuals and teams to get results, achieve their wildest dreams and smash their goals by leveraging over 30-years of experience both in the corporate world and in small business.

Darren is a successful entrepreneur, winning the Australian Entrepreneur of the year award for Dent Global. He built a wonderful lifestyle business which he successfully sold and exited after 15-years.

Before all of this, Darren worked for Apple for 10-years as ‘Manager of Commercial Markets’, during the inspirational Steve Jobs era and was awarded the prestigious Golden Apple Award during his time there.

Darren offers accountability at all levels, there are no excuses just action and results. 

  • Read his newest book: The Accountability Advantage – Play your best game
  • Complete Darren’s D.I.Y online program called: Accountability Made Easy
  • Engage Darren privately, through his popular One-On-One Sessions where he works with you and/or your team to implement and execute your plans to hit your goals. These private client sessions can be conducted via Zoom or face-to-face (subject to his travel policy) and COVID.
  • For groups of 3-7 px, Darren offers Group Accountability Forums for your team(s), networking group, alumni or project team. This is a shared learning environment and the strength of group accountability is very powerful indeed.
  • Darren is a great Speaker to hire him for your next event, workshop or conference. Face-to-face or virtually, he's truly engaging.

What Do You Need Help With?

  • Are you working hard but still not achieving your goals?
  • Are you feeling so overwhelmed, it’s overwhelming?
  • Do you need some direction on how to get your business to the next stage?
  • Perhaps, you are high-performing and successful and want to juggle more balls in the air at once?

Accountability is the superpower that you must harness.

You have so much to gain and nothing to lose! There is NO downside for you whatsoever by taking action. If you do nothing, it’s exactly the same as sticking your head in the sand and hoping it goes away. HOPE will not fix the situation, in fact, doing nothing just makes it worse, but you knew that...

You must take action now, otherwise, tomorrow’s result will be exactly the same as today’s. Implementation and execution are key and I’ll ensure you follow the plan and you meet your deadlines. After all, that is what true accountability is all about. Together, we can achieve your goals; you’ll meet your commitments and promises that you’ve made to others and most importantly, to yourself. You can’t do it alone.

Maintaining your current status quo, only means that you’ll miss important opportunities to make money. You’ll let people down, especially those that are important people to you, and that just pisses people off.

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Question
After reading this, how likely are you to achieve your GOALS, promises, obligations and commitments alone?
Unlikely I suspect.... without assistance.

Book your FREE Unboxing Session with
Darren Finkelstein – The Accountability Guy®

Together we’ll examine exactly where you’re at, what’s worked and what hasn’t. We’ll take a look at your priorities to set the path moving forward.


Each Unboxing Session includes
  • 45-60 min obligation-free Zoom call to discuss your goals, promises and commitments
  • Examine your priorities
  • Review your ‘To-Do List’ and we’ll dig-in to how you will implement
  • Together, we will create a plan and set timelines

Click here to book your free session.

 

Book your FREE Unboxing Session with
Darren Finkelstein – The Accountability Guy®

Together we’ll examine exactly where you’re at, what’s worked and what hasn’t. We’ll take a look at your priorities to set the path moving forward.


Each Unboxing Session includes
  • 45-60 min obligation-free Zoom call to discuss your goals, promises and commitments
  • Examine your priorities
  • Review your ‘To-Do List’ and we’ll dig-in to how you will implement
  • Together, we will create a plan and set timelines

Click here to book your free session.

 

Darren Finkelstein

Author – Who is this bloke?

Darren Finkelstein – The Accountability Guy® is an Accountability Coach, Business Advisor, Mentor & Author/Speaker.

Darren works with high-performing individuals and teams to get results, achieve their wildest dreams and smash their goals by leveraging over 30-years of experience both in the corporate world and in small business.

Darren is a successful entrepreneur, winning the Australian Entrepreneur of the year award for Dent Global. He built a wonderful lifestyle business which he successfully sold and exited after 15-years.

Before all of this, Darren worked for Apple for 10-years as ‘Manager of Commercial Markets’, during the inspirational Steve Jobs era and was awarded the prestigious Golden Apple Award during his time there.

Darren offers accountability at all levels, there are no excuses just action and results. 

  • Read his newest book: The Accountability Advantage – Play your best game
  • Complete Darren’s D.I.Y online program called: Accountability Made Easy
  • Engage Darren privately, through his popular One-On-One Sessions where he works with you and/or your team to implement and execute your plans to hit your goals. These private client sessions can be conducted via Zoom or face-to-face (subject to his travel policy) and COVID.
  • For groups of 3-7 px, Darren offers Group Accountability Forums for your team(s), networking group, alumni or project team. This is a shared learning environment and the strength of group accountability is very powerful indeed.
  • Darren is a great Speaker to hire him for your next event, workshop or conference. Face-to-face or virtually, he's truly engaging.

What Do You Need Help With?

  • Are you working hard but still not achieving your goals?
  • Are you feeling so overwhelmed, it’s overwhelming?
  • Do you need some direction on how to get your business to the next stage?
  • Perhaps, you are high-performing and successful and want to juggle more balls in the air at once?

Accountability is the superpower that you must harness.

You have so much to gain and nothing to lose! There is NO downside for you whatsoever by taking action. If you do nothing, it’s exactly the same as sticking your head in the sand and hoping it goes away. HOPE will not fix the situation, in fact, doing nothing just makes it worse, but you knew that...

You must take action now, otherwise, tomorrow’s result will be exactly the same as today’s. Implementation and execution are key and I’ll ensure you follow the plan and you meet your deadlines. After all, that is what true accountability is all about. Together, we can achieve your goals; you’ll meet your commitments and promises that you’ve made to others and most importantly, to yourself. You can’t do it alone.

Maintaining your current status quo, only means that you’ll miss important opportunities to make money. You’ll let people down, especially those that are important people to you, and that just pisses people off.

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Question
After reading this, how likely are you to achieve your GOALS, promises, obligations and commitments alone?
Unlikely I suspect.... without assistance.

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